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EVERY MOVE IN BALL GAME IS SHOWN ON SCREEN (Dec, 1924)

EVERY MOVE IN BALL GAME IS SHOWN ON SCREEN

Play by play, practically every movement made in a baseball game at a distant park is reproduced with realistic accuracy on a thirty-foot screen for the enjoyment of theater patrons with the aid of an ingenious electrical apparatus invented by an eastern man. It is virtually a motion-picture machine without film or projector, the figures being made to move across the screen by a succession of quickly flashing lights which are wired to the telegraph instruments.

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Camera Inside a Football Films View from Air (Dec, 1938)

Camera Inside a Football Films View from Air
Wonder what the stadium looks like to the football sailing through the air? You’ll soon know. For a novel sequence in a football picture filmed in the Rose Bowl by RKO-Radio Pictures, a sixteen-millimeter movie camera was fitted inside a football made of balsa wood. The lens looked out from a window in the end of the imitation ball. As the player forward-passed the football, a release spring started the camera grinding, and a panoramic view of the field and the players was recorded until the ball came to rest in the receiver’s arms.

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KILL SWORDFISH WITH BOW AND ARROW (Oct, 1933)

KILL SWORDFISH WITH BOW AND ARROW
Hunting the swordfish with bow and arrow, thus combining the skill of archer and angler, is a thrilling new sport introduced by Long Island, N. Y., fishermen. The arrow, which takes the place of a harpoon, is heavily barbed and carries a stout line. Standing on a plank projecting from the bow, the archer lets fly when he sights the fins of a sword-fish. If he makes a successful strike, the angler reels the fish in, after a struggle with rod and line.

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U. S. Makes New Bike Shift (Sep, 1950)

U. S. Makes New Bike Shift
This new three-speed transmission gives a bicycle as many forward gears as an automobile. Made by the New Departure division of General Motors, it is designed to fit any bike having a New Departure coaster brake and can be installed in 20 minutes.

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Spearing Balloons Is New Boat-Race Hazard (Sep, 1934)

Spearing Balloons Is New Boat-Race Hazard

Balloon “busting” from careering speedboats is the spectacular sport recently devised by a racing association in California. Before the start of a race, a cable is stretched above the starting line of the course about ten feet above the water. Large toy balloons are suspended from the cable by means of weighted cords that are just long enough to enable the balloons to be touched by a mechanic standing in a speeding boat. As the pilots steer their craft under the balloons at the finish of each lap, the mechanic, armed with a spear and standing in the boat, attempts to puncture a balloon. If he fails, the pilot must circle about until the mechanic finally succeeds in spearing his balloon. Only then can the boat continue on with the next lap.

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Supergeared French Bike Gives Cyclist Choice of Several Speeds (Jul, 1954)

This bike seems like it’s a little more complicated than it needs to be.

Supergeared French Bike Gives Cyclist Choice of Several Speeds
There’s a weird assortment of sprockets and chains incorporated into a supergeared bicycle invented in France. The chains appear to run at random all over the framework of the bicycle, but the arrangement gives the rider a choice of several gears. The bicycle has two-wheel brakes.

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SWIMMERS PEPPED UP BY WHIFF OF PURE OXYGEN (Oct, 1934)

I love that they store the oxygen in a bag.

SWIMMERS PEPPED UP BY WHIFF OF PURE OXYGEN
Athletes were transformed into super-swimmers in a recent test at Springfield College, Mass. Each of the swimmers was given two deep breaths of pure oxygen before he leaped into the water. Holding their breath until they had entered the tank, eleven of the seventeen youths taking part beat their own previous records in a 100-yard dash through the water.

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PERISCOPE ON GOLF COURSE GIVES VIEW OVER LOW HILL (Jun, 1933)

PERISCOPE ON GOLF COURSE GIVES VIEW OVER LOW HILL
Probably one of the most unusual golf devices in the world is on a Canadian course at Victoria, B. C. A small hill rises between the ninth and tenth holes, making it impossible for a golfer to see where to aim his ball. To remedy this difficulty, a periscope approximately twelve feet in height has been erected at the ninth hole, as illustrated at right. Before driving toward the hidden hole, a player gets his bearings by looking over the hill through the periscope.

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Terraplaning on Boards Hooked to Motorbike Proves Thrilling Sport (Jul, 1932)

Terraplaning” on Boards Hooked to Motorbike Proves Thrilling Sport

SURFBOARDS, whose usual habitat is the ocean, have taken to the land in a new sport devised recently by Portland, Oregon, youngsters. The surfboards, made of ordinary planks, are pulled along over the ground at a neat clip by motorcycles, as shown below, and the participants enjoy the sport despite the ever-imminent possibility of a fractured neck, leg or arm. A clean stretch of turf makes ideal course.

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HEDGEHOG HUNTING GOOD TRADE AND GOOD SPORT (Oct, 1923)

HEDGEHOG HUNTING GOOD TRADE AND GOOD SPORT

By SAM E. CONNER

TRAPPING hedgehogs does not sound like a very attractive pursuit, but a man in Maine has found it to be a profitable business, as well as one that has an element of danger, and therefore offers excitement in excess of that which comes to a rabbit or fox hunter. While it is not generally known, there is a steady demand for these ugly-looking creatures from all sections of America and Europe. They are desired for zoos and menageries, both private and public, and country-fair and street venders, who use them to aid in selling preparations, disposed of under the name of hedgehog oil, hedgehog liniment, and like titles, provide still another market.

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